School History

Our mission at Good Shepherd School and Day Care is to instruct children in the Christian faith, provide them with a solid academic foundation, and thereby provide a needed service to our community.


Nick Kozel and his wife Caryn opened the first Good Shepherd School and Day Care on January 20, 1992, at the 991 Chicago Avenue campus. They opened with eleven students in preschool, and by the fall of 1992 had enough students for a kindergarten class.

By 1995 there were over 120 students enrolled from preschool through twelfth grade, and a second Harrisonburg, Virginia, campus was opened at 342 Neff Avenue in February of that year. At this new location, a nursery was added for infant and toddler care, for which there was a high demand in the area.


In October of 1996, Good Shepherd School and Day Care expanded to Waynesboro, Virginia, with a preschool. This campus now has over 180 students enrolled in preschool through eighth grade.


Together the three schools in the Shenandoah Valley care for over 300 children daily. Parents can see the Good Shepherd difference in their child’s academic and spiritual progress.